Bill and I had the pleasure of working with a distance client the past two days from New York. Needless to say, it’s always a pleasure for people to travel with the intent of working with you! We got several sessions in, including two training sessions with myself and a full assessment from Bill. We’ll be doing some programming work in the future as well.
The thing I really liked about this was the fact that we actually got to work the client IN PERSON. Now there’s nothing wrong with training clients remotely; in fact, Bill has clients in Bulgaria and I have a client in Japan! Needless to say, it’s challenging to assess them (unless, of course, they have a lot of frequent flier miles they’re looking to burn!)
When you work with a distance client the primary component you lack in their training is on-the-spot cuing. Sure, you can video tape the workouts, but you can’t give that cue on the spot that will improve their performance. You can’t manually muscle test them to determine what structures are strong or weak. The bottom line is it’s just not optimal.
Regardless, working with someone remotely is far better than just hanging and banging in the weight room for years on end. If you have the opportunity, find a qualified trainer and let them assess you, designing a routine that’s geared towards your specific needs and goals. Wheter you want to shed some excess body fat or get some sport-specific training, a quality trainer can take your health and performance to the next level.